Learning tricks of the trade
FOUR young local men are learning the tricks of the meat trade thanks to a new community partnership between Blue Care and the Mundubbera Butchering Co.
Every two months, four young men from Blue Care's Disability services spend the day at the butchery alongside owners Tim and Robin Duggan and their resident sausage-making expert, Solly.
Blue Care support worker David Eisel said the partnership has produced great results.
"It's a really hands-on environment where the young men have been able to learn practical skills, and that's given them a lot more confidence," Mr Eisel said.
"Not only have they mastered the art of the sausage making, they help Tim and Robin make other family favourites like rissoles and steakettes.
"The group have also formed close friendships with each other and the team at the Mundubbera Butchering Co.
"They support each other really well, if someone's having a hard day they all pitch in to support them; they've really bonded, they're like brothers now."
Kelly Horton is one of the men in the group who has been attending the butchery regularly.
"I am happy when we go to the butchery, as it's always a good day out. I am proud of what I do and making friends," Mr Horton said.
Mr Eisel said Blue Care is committed to providing opportunities for people living with disability regardless of their circumstances.
"We believe everyone has the right to live a rich and fulfilling life that is not defined by disability," Mr Eisel said.
"Activities organised by Blue Care open up a whole new world of possibilities and provides our clients the freedom to shape their own future.
"Butchery expeditions are one of many outings our young men enjoy every Friday.
"We do different sports from kicking around the footy to swimming and fishing around Gayndah and Mundubbera.
"By getting out and about in the community, the young men have really come out of their shells.
"They are more confident in themselves; they will introduce themselves to different people, shake their hand, look them in the eye and have a conversation.
"It's great to see how far they have come with the right support. They're kicking goals, and will continue to achieve whatever they set their minds."